Monday, September 15, 2014

Courthouse Toilets

So I just finished re-reading Dave Barry is Not Taking This Sitting Down [I love Dave Barry books].  On the cover is Dave sitting on a toilet.

Dave Barry is Not Taking This Sitting Down

Which got me thinking about the newfangled toilets that seem to be all the rage in new [and some older] courthouse construction.  They're the new environmentally friendly or water-saving toilets, which "automatically flush the appropriate amount of water, based on the time you spent in the stall."  They also have buttons you can press, with one or three water drops, depending on how much water you want to flush.

Here's how a typical visit to these toilets goes for me:
1.  Enter stall, close and lock door.
2.  Pull out one seat protector, place it on the seat.
3.  Turn around and unzip pants.
4.  Hear toilet flush [presumably the one-water-drop flush].
5.  Check to see whether the seat protector is still there [it usually is]
6.  Sit
7.  Stand up, refasten pants.
8.  Hear toilet flush.
9.  Check to see whether everything flushed.
10.  Re-flush using manual buttons because the seat protector is still in the toilet.

Someone needs to explain to me how THREE flushes, even if they are all one-water-drop flushes, is better than the old style toilets.

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